How An Oven Works [Detailed Guide]

Have you ever wondered how an oven works? How it heats up your food and cooks it at the right temperature? If you would like to know how, keep reading. In this article, we will explain how an oven works.

How An Oven Works

When you turn your oven on and set the temperature, 120 volts is sent from the control to the igniter. As the igniter heats up, increased current is drawn through the valve. Inside the valve is a bi metal arm. This arm opens up to send gas into the oven’s burner tube once the right amount of amps have passed through the valve.

The gas passes through the tube to the bake igniter. Since the igniter is over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit at this point in time, the gas passed to it through the burner tube gets ignited instantly. To keep the safety valve open till the oven reaches the set temperature the igniter stays on.

The thermostat or oven sensor monitors the temperature of the oven so that once the set temperature has been reached, the voltage to the igniter is shut off by the oven control. The bi metal arm in the safety valve is now closed, shutting off the gas supply. The oven keeps following this process throughout the cooking in order for the right temperature to be maintained.

Watch the video below if you would like a video explanation of how an oven works.

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How To Check If Your Oven Works

To know if your oven works or not, follow the steps listed below…

Step 1: Get an oven thermometer

Step 2: Turn the oven on and set it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 3: Place the thermometer in the center of the oven’s middle rack.

Step 4: Wait for about 20 minutes.

Step 5: After 20 minutes, check the thermometer. If the temperature shown on the thermometer is quite lower than the one you set the oven to, there is something wrong. Read this article if you would like to know what to do if your oven isn’t heating to the right temperature.

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